Sen­sors will give warn­ing of flood risk

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Environment - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­

ELEC­TRONIC warn­ing sen­sors have been fit­ted to cul­verts in a bid to pre­vent a re­peat of flood­ing which left 89 homes un­der wa­ter.

In what was dubbed the worst flood­ing the area had seen for 50 years, homes were left se­verely dam­aged in Garth, Maesteg, last Novem­ber.

Dur­ing a tor­ren­tial rain storm, up to three feet of muddy wa­ter swept down streets and into homes sat­u­rat­ing ev­ery­thing and forc­ing fam­i­lies to move out. Prop­er­ties in Pen­coed were also flooded.

Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil blamed cul­verts which had be­come over­whelmed by fly-tip­ping and de­bris that had washed down from pri­vate land lo­cated fur­ther up­stream.

The au­thor­ity said the cul­vert at Heol Faen in Garth has been fit­ted with new elec­tronic flood warn­ing sen­sors and im­proved cul­vert ac­cess, and a CCTV sur­vey has been car­ried out to make sure there are no un­seen de­fects ahead of the win­ter sea­son.

A spokesman said the landowner at the cul­vert site is also look­ing into in­stalling ad­di­tional fenc­ing and se­cure ac­cess that will de­ter fly-tip­pers from dump­ing items that might cause a block­age.

He added the coun­cil has met with them to dis­cuss how wa­ter­courses cross­ing their land can be checked for po­ten­tial prob­lems.

At the Greenacres Drive cul­vert in Pen­coed a CCTV sur­vey has also been car­ried out and new elec­tronic flood warn­ing sen­sors in­stalled.

The coun­cil said the flood warn­ing sen­sors have been funded by Welsh Gov­ern­ment and the ac­tion plan forms part of the an­nual flood in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port for the pe­riod 2016-2017.

Coun Richard Young, cab­i­net mem­ber for com- mu­ni­ties, said: “A sched­ule of reg­u­lar cul­vert in­spec­tions is al­ready in place and the coun­cil car­ries out ad­di­tional checks when se­vere weather has been fore­cast.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we ex­pe­ri­enced sev­eral un­usu­ally heavy pe­ri­ods of rain­fall last year and cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol meant that a num­ber of prop­er­ties were af­fected.

“We’ve car­ried out work to help pre­vent the risk of fu­ture flood­ing, and while we can­not make im­prove­ments on land that we do not own, we have been en­cour­ag­ing other landown­ers to un­der­take sim­i­lar ac­tion.

“The an­nual flood­ing re­port has also high­lighted that in many cases dur­ing last year’s se­vere weather, swift in­ter­ven­tion by the coun­cil’s high­ways team pre­vented wa­ter from en­ter­ing a num­ber of prop­er­ties through­out the county bor­ough, so I would like to thank them for their ef­forts.”

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